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Written by: Loveloth
On November 25th, in year of our Lord 2019, I, Loveloth, release upon thee a review of a record to end all records. I am, of course, referring to Remmirath's sophomore Shambhala Vril Saucers. In case you somehow don't know about them, they were formed in Bratislava many moons ago and while they share three members with Malokarpatan, they sound completely different. Calling them eclectic may sound pretentious, but I truly believe they are.
Things start off blackishly enough with "Tiger Of The City," whose generic riffs and blastbeats lulled me into a false sense of security before unleashing a deadly weapon--synths. Synths that would find no trouble finding themselves on a Hawkwind record. Assisting it is a bass that sounds equally as 70's, but as soon as you get used to it--riff time.
But not just any riffs, I mean the NWOBHM and very 80's one, think Judas Priest, Maiden, or Saxon. And guess what, as soon as you get used to it--video game noises. But not just any...they sound 90's like everyone and I am not sure if this decade gradation was intentional but it just works. The vocals are awful though, shallow gnarls drenched in delay but somehow, they're charming and work well with this madness these Slovaks crafted.
And don't think these madlads let up with the following tracks, at one point the title track goes full 70's prog mode with Lordesque keyboards and clean guitar plucks, it sounds like it's on acid but you're not quite sure until we reach the best track on the record. Imagine watching a Sergio Leone spaghetti western. Now imagine if halfway through a tense stand off the whole set turns into a Beach Boys music video. This is just the first half of "The Gunfighter's Quest For Enlightenment". After it we go full NWOBHM mode again before turning into a Black Sabbath track.
I can meme this all I want but after multiple listens my laughter turned to genuine fascination and while I usually hate "retro" bands, Remmirath seem to be much more, regardless of them emulating their influences. There is just so much stuff sprinkled and almost everything works.
If one word could describe this it would be endearing. What a classic.
Lowkey album of the decade.
Remmirath - Shambhala Vril Saucers was released March 2015 from Todestrieb Records
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